Monday, September 29, 2014

How to Do Participant Observation


  • What steps do you believe need to be taken?
  • Power Point Notes
  • Entering the Venue: How do we present ourselves?
    • Read Ehrenreich's Intro
    • Journal:
      • How did she present herself?
      • Do you think it fit the situation?
      • Look at the chart that I handed out to you.  Figure out where she falls in terms of how she presented herself.  Did she have to deal with the implications listed for that row of the chart?
  • Finish journal for tomorrow

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Catcha-all Day


  • Work on part 2 of your ad for Monday
  • Make sure you are prepared to discuss reading questions for tomorrow's class

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Participant Observation: Malnowski


  • Finish PPT Notes
  • Begin Documentary w/ guided notes
  • Read Nickel and Dimed excerpt for Thursday
  • and don't forget the reading questions that go with it!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Participant Observation Intro


  • Journal: How do we decide with whom to share information?
  • PPT: What is Participant Observation?
  • Handout: Benefits
  • Read the excerpt from Nickel and Dimed
  • Answer the reading questions (due Wed.)

Participant Observation Intro


  • Journal: How do we decide with whom to share information?
  • PPT: What is Participant Observation?
  • Handout: Benefits
  • Read the excerpt from Nickel and Dimed
  • Answer the reading questions (due Wed.)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

College Essay Workshop Day 3


  • Time to work on essay drafts
  • Make sure you have stage 1 of the ad assignment completed

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

College Essay Workshop Day II


  • Noodles college essay reading
  • 15 key components task
  • Workshop time for essays
  • Be prepared to continue to work on college essays tomorrow

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

College Essays Day 1


  • What do you think admissions officers look for?
  • Listening to a sample intro + analysis
  • Rubric analysis of essays
  • Read admission officer's blog entry
  • Part 1 of ad deadline postponed until tomorrow

Monday, September 15, 2014

Adapting for a New Culture: Ad Campaign


  • Consider Sample Ads
  • Work on Step 1 of ad project
  • Complete Step 1 Questions for tomorrow

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cross-Cultural Gaffes


  • Journal: Why would paying attention to register be useful for anthropologists?
  • Viewing: "10 Ways to Annoy Someone in a Different Culture" and HSBC Commercials
  • Discussion
  • Explanation of ad project
  • Choose a country and a product for your ad.  You may want to look at the links in the last blog post to see if your country is featured in any of them.  (Or you could do a quick Google search of your own for information, but you will have time on Monday to work on the planning questions in class.)

Some Resources for your Ad Assignment

Check these out if you are stuck:

I found these with a simple Google search of "what x means in different cultures."  Remember to keep in mind good research practice and cross reference the information that you find as few of these sites are likely to be from strictly educational sites.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Using Quotes in Our Writing

-Handout Review
-Practice introducing and embedding quotes in Gatsby selection

-Analysis pushed to Friday
-Finish paragraph introduction of sample quote if haven't already

Monday, September 8, 2014

Register and Changing Context of Language

-Dramatic Reading of a Real Break-Up Letter
-Register definition and handout
-Rewriting the Break-Up Letter for a new register (change at least one component of register)


For the situation and the variations, identify the three components of register in each.  Briefly bullet point or explain how the communication in each would change.

Situation:  A student in his final year at school is discussing his poor grades in a formal meeting with his teacher.

Variation 1: A husband and wife are discussing the poor grades of their son in an e-mail exchange.

Variation 2: A student is discussing his poor grades with his girlfriend on the telephone.

Link to the Break-Up Letter 

Friday, September 5, 2014

News Bias


  • Quiz on terms
  • Continue to work on news bias assignment

  • News bias article due on Wednesday

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Reading for Bias

Directions: Copy and paste the form below into a new Google Doc.  Please title the Google Doc "News Article Analysis."  Answer the questions included for an article of your choosing that focuses on culture.  You will be turning these answers into a 1-page, focused analysis to hand in on Tuesday.

News Articles to Consider:

(If you choose the above link, you are discussing the text that you can scroll through to the right of the picture.)

Ms. Hoffmann
Creative Ethnography

News Articles: A Cultural Perspective

Name of Article:


Write a 1-2 sentence summary of your article:

Do any sections stick out as being biased (and possibly ethnocentric)? Cite them here:

Do any sections stick out as being objective (displaying cultural relativism)?  Cite them here:

Overall, how would you characterize your news article?  Is it objective as a news article should be, or does it contain inherent biases?  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cultural Difference

-Chapter 2 discussion
-Watch and look for examples of our vocab in use

-Finish notes

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Reading a Culture: The Sans Bushmen


  • Review reading questions
  • Video on the Sans Bushmen and the Click Language
  • Reading Begin: "Christmas in the Kalahari"
  • None

A First Look at Ethnography


  • Review terms/questions
  • Chapter 1: Ethnography and Culture
  • Finish answering questions on the reading